Yes, chocolate is a delicious mood enhancer, great brain food, is heart healthy and even works great as an aphrodisiac, but did you know about the chocolate flavoured stamps in Belgium or about the time when cocoa pods were currency? This World Chocolate Day here are 4 amazing chocolate facts we bet are going to surprise you.
Hot chocolate – cold war
It was probably chocolate; rather hot chocolate that caused the Aztecs, who couldn’t grow their own cocoa, to invade the Mayans, who had plenty of this treasured bean. These nibs then became a luxury currency and were even collected as tax from the Mayans. The real deal was however – xocolate – the bitter drink that they made by mixing roasted, crushed cocoa pods with water, chilli and cornmeal. This concoction was poured back and forth between cups till a dense froth is formed on top. Today we call it hot chocolate.
It’s a dog’s life!
You probably already know chocolates are a great ingredient for your brain, heart, skin and even libido all thanks to this compound called theobromine, but did you know that this same chocolate compound that is so good for us humans is almost fatal to dogs. Dogs cannot metabolize theobromine like humans can. Even small bits of chocolate can make your fury friends really sick, so the next time you think of chocolate as a ‘good boy’ treat remember it is definitely off limits.
Belgium is the best
Belgium chocolate is so good; it can literally be used as a standard measure of how good a piece of chocolate really is. It is probably because, unlike most of the chocolate in the world, Belgium chocolate is not mass produced. It is delicately hand crafted and made by families who have been in the chocolate business for generations. If you ever go to Belgium, a chocolate tasting has to be on the cards. Or at least try and get your hands on one of the 5, 0,000 Willy Wonkastyle postage stamps that Belgium released in 2013. These stamps smell and taste like chocolate and come in 5 fabulous flavours! Talk about sending a sweet message!
The melting point of chocolate is around 35 degree celcius, which is pretty close to the temperature of the human body and this why a piece of chocolate melts in your mouth. This is not the only thing about melting chocolate we are telling you. Did you know that microwave cooking was discovered accidentally, when a chocolate bar melted in Percy LeBaronSpencers pocket. He then tested popcorn in front of the tube and it quickly popped all over the room. He is known as the inventor of the microwave oven.
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